Government has few more sacred obligations than caring for the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. When you hear the stories of our veterans, you know that we owe them a debt we cannot ever repay.
But we can try harder. Unfortunately, programs meant to support veterans in Connecticut and across the nation have been underfunded and mismanaged. I strongly support Congressional efforts to fully fund the veterans' health care system to ensure that our veterans, both those who have already served and those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan get the full and timely care and benefits they deserve.
During my first 100 days in Congress, several of my colleagues and I sent a letter to President Obama urging the Administration not to move forward with a proposal that would have required veterans to use private insurance to pay for the treatment of service-related injuries. We do not give our veterans health care -- they earn it -- and I believe it would be unacceptable for the VA to ask our veterans to pay for the treatment of injuries received while serving our nation in uniform. After receiving our letter, White House officials announced that they would not pursue the policy.
I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and with the Obama Administration to ensure that we are doing all that we can to honor the commitment and sacrifice made by our American heroes.